Advances in Polymer Nanocomposites

Types and Applications

Edited by

  • Fengge Gao, Nottingham Trent University, UK

The addition of nanoparticles to polymer composites has led to a new generation of composite materials with enhanced and novel properties. Advances in polymer nanocomposites reviews the main types of polymer nanocomposites and their applications.

Part one reviews types of polymer nanocomposites according to fillers. Processing of carbon nanotube-based nanocomposites, layered double hydroxides (LDHs) and cellulose nanoparticles as functional fillers and reinforcement are discussed, alongside calcium carbonate and metal-polymer nanocomposites. Part two focuses on types of polymer nanocomposites according to matrix polymer, with polyolefin-based, (PVC)-based, nylon-based, (PET)-based and thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU)-based polymer nanocomposites discussed. Soft, gel and biodegradable polymer nanocomposites are also considered. Part three goes on to investigate key applications, including fuel cells, aerospace applications, optical applications, coatings and flame-retardant polymer nanocomposites.

With its distinguished editor and international team of expert contributors, Advances in polymer nanocomposites is an essential guide for professionals and academics involved in all aspects of the design, development and application of polymer nanocomposites.
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Materials scientists, materials chemists, polymer scientists, nanotechnologists, chemical engineers and academics and students in the same fields


Book information

  • Published: October 2012
  • Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
  • ISBN: 978-1-84569-940-6

Table of Contents

Part 1 Types of polymer nanocomposites according to fillers: Processing of carbon nanotube-based nanocomposites; Environmental life-cycle assessment (LCA) of polymer nanocomposites; Calcium carbonate nanocomposites; Layered double hydroxides (LDHs) as functional fillers in polymer nanocomposites; Cellulose nanoparticles as reinforcement in polymer nanocomposites; Metal-polymer nanocomposites. Part 2 Types of polymer nanocomposites according to base: Polyolefin-based polymer nanocomposites; Poly(vinyl chloride)-based nanocomposites; Nylon-based polymer nanocomposites; Clay-containing poly (ethylene terephthalate) (PET)-based polymer nanocomposites; Thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) -based polymer nanocomposites; Soft polymer nanocomposites and gels; Biodegradable polymer nanocomposites. Part 3 Applications of polymer nanocomposites: Polymer nanocomposites in fuel cells; Polymer nanocomposites for aerospace applications; Flame-retardant polymer nanocomposites; Polymer nanocomposites for optical applications; Polymer nanocomposite coatings.